Author Topic: Cell phones replacing land lines in dugouts.  (Read 970 times)

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Offline lastobjective

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Re: Cell phones replacing land lines in dugouts.
« Topic Start: January 12, 2013, 04:54:21 PM »
T-Mobile and MLB Advanced Media also are working on other ways to improve digital content for smartphones and tablets. Mike Sievert, chief marketing officer for T-Mobile USA Inc., says digital consumption in baseball is strong and "today's baseball fan is technologically savvy and data hungry."

I guess I understand that, the MLB is trying to entice the younger, tech-savvy generation to a lifetime of baseball fandom (the MLB FanCave is proof of this) and they have probably been successful. T-Mobile also knows that quite a few fans watch MLB.tv on their cellphones, so being able to advertise their unlimited data service that would work with MLB.tv streaming is a good idea.

However in spite of this, REALLY? A lot of baseball has to do with tradition, and cellphones aren't part of that tradition. I really hope the Nats don't transfer over but we'll see. Seeing cellphones in the bullpen at Fenway Park or any equally old/traditional park would be stupid... It makes much more sense in football where communications with QBs is wireless.

Good article on this topic: http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/index.php/mlb-announces-bullpen-cell-phones/